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Interest: DIY & Makers

YDL_Whittaker librarian Liz P. smiles at the camera wearing her YDL tshirt.
Virtual Library Labs

Published: May 19, 2020

The first and third Tuesday of each month, tune in to watch Liz conduct a STEM activity from home. Learn science in the kitchen and more!  


Ypsi Creates

Published: March 27, 2020

Spring Challenge players have been making art and comics, building with Legos, showing us what they’re reading with book selfies and book bentos, writing thank you letters to community helpers, and more.


Tween and american girl doll
New Youth Activity Bins at YDL-Whittaker

Published: January 10, 2020

The American Girl dolls have broken out of the case! YDL-Whittaker has replaced the doll display with new activity bins that encourage independent hands-on learning at the library. Best of all, an American Girl doll is included. Sign out an Activity Bin at the youth reference desk to use in the library. Ages 6 and up, or with the help of an adult or older sibling!   ART: Make art, then take it home or add it to our library display TECHNOLOGY: Robots, iPads, and coding tools MATH: Sharpen your math skills with fun games READING: Games and activities to …


Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Everything from boat motors to snow blowers.

Legal Information Reference Center

Designed for the general public, includes thousands of legal forms.

Home Improvement Reference Center

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, Home Improvement Reference Center provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center database offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Auto Repair Source

Car repair manuals and other automotive resources for DIYers.

Wood Frame House
Inside the House and Home traveling exhibit

Published: April 16, 2018

This immersive exhibit explores what it means to be at home in America with galleries that come alive with objects, photographs, and sound.


kids making green slime
Slime and Similar: Favorite Recipes

Published: March 30, 2018

Slime has been marketed to kids since the introduction of silly putty in the 1950s. Its unique consistency creates a sensory experience that is hard to duplicate. So it is not a surprise that the library has been making slime and similar concoctions with kids for years, including during an upcoming Library Lab. However, I did find the trend of adults making slime surprising. Slime tutorials were huge on YouTube and Pinterest in 2017. Adults find playing with slime therapeutic. Additionally, experimenting with ingredients to find the perfect formula is physically creative. Here are my favorite slime recipes for kids …